Wake Up Dead - Barrel-Aged | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mcallister on 08-02-2010

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Ratings: 291 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of alamode
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of wsnich
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ark brown in color, nearly totally black with no light shine through on it what so ever. A huge tan head of foam came up over the top to a height of nearly three inches before settling back down into a thin film that coasted the inside of the glass and never fell to more then an inch in height. The aroma was rich, deep and dark chocolate notes with loads of coffee mixed in. Some light fruit notes are balancing it out now as well, really very well done here. As it warms it became very much sweeter. Such a really well done big stout. Smooth, rich and very creamy feel. Full bodied and loaded with carbonation with a high ABV that was nearly undetectable. Rich chocolate notes are the first things that we find here and they are anything but subtle as they meld into a wonderful coffee infused finish

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of TheSquire23
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Jips
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of TheBishopco
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Satchboogie
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of smwesson500
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very Dark Brown, probably closer to black

S: Smells of caramel, burnt hops, and oak

T: Syrupy, very malty flavors, burnt chocolate. Very strong. An acquired taste.

M: Bitter whole way through but not a task to try and drink.

O: I do enjoy this beer. The 10.2% ABV is nicely masked with various other flavors to make it not so much like a liquor. Quite Enjoyable.

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Photo of GRBrew
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle at Hopcat today after work. I'm not sure about the negative reviews because I thought it was a decent beer. It pours jet black and kind of syrupy. The mouthfeel lacked slighlty on first pour as well as the aroma. Once I let it warm up a bit the beer opened up. I wouldn't shy away from the beer but also wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of claspada
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aromas begin with chocolate and caramel. As my nose adjusted I found more of what appeared to be Bourbon. There is also some woodiness as well. Nice. There was just a hint of roastiness; almost an ash and char like a camp fire.

The tastes begin with dark maltiness that lead to a chocolate, roasted malt flavor. Specifics include black licorice, blackstrap molasses, high cacao dark chocolate, burnt sugar and an herbal spiciness.o

The mouthfeel could use umph in my humble opinion. Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Nothing exciting here.

Overall this is definitely a forgettable beer. Lacks in flavor, body and quality. Do not seek out or buy for that matter. A rare extremely poor showing by Left Hand if you ask me.

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Photo of stephens101
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thick and resilient tan head leaves behind a few ramdon fingers of lace. Flat black in color. Has aromas of sweet malts, caramel and pine upon initial inspection. A second take reveals some medicinal aspects as well as some burnt sugar and licorice. Piney and grainy to the tongue with dark chocolates and an expected woodiness. As it warms cherry notes and some candy begin to take shape, adding a much needed complexity without unbalancing or cloying the brew. Body is a little thin for the style, but not watery. Slight notes of fusel alcohol linger. I really wasn't expecting much from this one, but was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a dark brown body with some slight ruby edges that supports 2 fingers of semi-resilient tawny foam which left sparse but strong lacing.Lots of visible carbonation.

S-Smells of medium roast coffee,vanilla,toast,ash and weak,generic chocolate.

T-Tastes better than it smells.Sweetened coffee,licorice,dark chocolate,maduro cigar wrapper and molasses.

M-Here's where they drop the ball.This beer was stupid thin.For the style,it was anorexic.It needed more body and a more developed composition in general.Too much carbonation as well.

O-Not bad but not what it could've been.

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Photo of Patrick999
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I'm just not that crazy about this. Nice enough pour into a snifter - dark brown with good retention. Just getting a little alcohol, maple and barrel char in the nose....no real inviting aromas to speak of.

Taste is austere and dry, with a medicinal bitter cherry note in there that I'm just not feeling. It does get better when warm, more of the roasted character comes through, but still, this is not my favorite barrel-aged stout by a long shot.

Overall, I'm not impressed. Probably the least-complex, least-interesting barrel-aged stout I've ever had. Not sure what Left Hand did with this one, but I was expecting much better. Oh well, they can't all be wins.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby chestnut, similar to a dark barleywine almost. Per the stated style this is poor, however it is OK in my books. Head is thick, luscious, and retentious. Aroma is smooth and oakey, not real strong. Some bitter cocoa is prevalent. The taste is actually kind of between a stout and a barleywine... it actually taste like a barleywine with cocoa and black coffee notes. This is unique, and seriously the only thing imperial about this is the ABV and not the taste, aroma, or mouthfeel. The carbonation is medium to high and may be a little high for the style, although enjoyable. Hops are certainly muted. Aftertaste is similar to quality black coffee and rich bittersweet cocoa, not real sweet actually despite what other reviewers say. Overall this was a really enjoyable beer although it really didn't fit into the mold of a style if you know what I mean. If this review was based on enjoyment and not style, I would have rated better.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a dark mahogany, sits a borderline black tone; yields a short-lived finger of light tan head... spotty lacing.

nose is pretty tame for a barrel-aged imperial stout... subdued notes of coffee, roasted malt, and maybe a touch of dark fruits. average aroma.

flavor is decent. on the sweet side with some roastiness, dark chocolate, and a little coffee. a bit astringent. not drainpour territory by any means but very underwhelming. thin on the palate with average carbonation.

overall, for a barrell-aged imperial stout i'm walking away fairly disappointed. again, it's not terrible, i just expected a lot more.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
1.38/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Stout? Uh, no. Mahogany/amber pour with glass spotting. A pretense of a mistake.

Trojan condoms straight from the wrapper. Smells of youthful indiscretion.

This is NOT a stout. Just a mess: mislabeled, misconceived, misfire, misleading. As a barrel aged stout this does not work. Color gives the first hint, rubbery nose provides solid secondary support, and the body and taste fail to uphold their end as well. Barrel comes off as rubbery with some acrid fishy qualities. No real roast or RIS supportive malting. Not sure what happened here, but it didn't work.

Thin...an atrocious barrel aged stout. Misgivings galore.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of zachary80
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a NB Globe. Date 10/16/10

L: Huge billowy off-white head. Fades down to normal size after a few minutes and leaves some thick lacing. Body is somewhat lighter expected while pouring, but looks black in the glass

S: Oak and coffee, come sweet roasted malt.

T: Slight sweetness. Bitter from dark malts, somewhat dry/astringent, maybe upped by the oak. Finish is dry ad somewhat disappointing.

M: Too thin for my preference. Not hitting the mouthfeel of a RIS, and surprised the oats didn't add more. Seems over-carbed. Warming present otherwise wouldn't have guessed the alcohol.

O: Overall it's a decent beer that I think people had too high of expectations for. A thicker

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Photo of hosehead83
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass. "Bottled on 10-26-10" stamped on the bottle.
Dark brown/black in color, with a thick, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Faint chocolate, dark fruit notes
Taste-Raisins, black coffee, licorice come on in the fore front; then black cherry and gasp!-Redman chewing tobacco and dirt-covered hops rush in to totally unbalance everything. A big hot mess of flavors that do not play nicely together. Maybe a fresh bottle would have been better, as aging did not seem to help this brew at all. Try at your own risk.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip, bottled on 10-26-10. Dark brown body, almost black, with no light getting through. With an aggressive pour, I get over two fingers of tan head that has good retention leaving nice creamy lacing.

The aroma starts with roasted malt and adds dark fruit and licorice. A hint of bourbon finishes the aroma.

Tasty blend of flavors that follow the aroma. A bit sweeter than I would have expected from the aroma. Some chocolate and toffee flavors in the mix. Not much in the hop category but not much expected for this style.

The only real knock on this brew for me is the light and somewhat watery mouthfeel. A different RIS for sure, but tasty in it's own way. No real notice of the alcohol for the abv. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Pours a thin brown/black with some egg-shell white head. Not much though. Looks thin.

Nose smells a little past it's prime. Some smoke, caramel chews, and caramel malt. Smells like a brown ale.

Palate is rather thin for an Impy stout. Flavors of roasted malts, toasted oak, vanilla beans, green bell pepper (weird). Alcohol is hot and seems to sit on top of the palate. A bit thin for the style.

Notes: Solid taste, but the texture is not impressive.

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Photo of billab914
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone IRA glass. It looked to be on the thinner side and more towards a brown color when pouring. Once in the glass it was darker brown with a half inch, frothy head covering the top.

The aroma kind of has a boozy, dark fruit, sweet thing going on. Raisins and figs are there along with some brown sugar and cocoa sweetness.

The taste mixes some cocoa powder with some darker, burnt and roasty flavors. I get some molasses coming out as well as some sweeter, dark fruits. A little bit of a boozy, woody flavor in the finish as well as some bitter chocolate.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style and carbonation is about average. Overall it wasn't a bad beer, but wasn't a standout in it's style either. It felt thin and light for the style, and the barrel aging didn't really seem to do much for it. It just felt a little boozy and without the nice barrel character that usually accompanies a barrel aged beer. Again, not a bad beer, but not one I'd say is above average in in either the Imperial stout or barrel aged categories.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a really dark brown... For an imperial stout I was thinking more like pitch black. The head is tan and it goes away after a little while. The smell is sweet and earthy, it's also roasted and boozy. The taste is decent or average to say the least... I really thought this was going to be much more impressive. The mouthfeel was too light for an Imperial. This was pretty much a disappointment right from the beginning.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead

Poured from a bomber into Delirium snifter. Bottled on 10-26-10

Pours a dark nut-brown color and settles pitch black. The pour leaves two fingers of dark cream colored head. This fluffy mound seems to hold up well, boasting thick walls of lace.

The nose is hard to distinguish but through the collision of aromas I sense a lot of oak, raisins, a touch of cocoa and booze. It's not too balanced because its hard to decipher.

The taste is luckily quite different. I sense a lot of roasty malts up front that follow a charred oak taste that lingers for some time. The more I indulge, the more I begin to noticed some cherry and fig like characteristics and a bit of dark chocolate. In the background lies some spent coffee grounds that linger well after each sip. The alcohol is there but not bothersome.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick but still on the medium-bodied side. Minimal carbonations conteibutes and offers a silky wave accross my palate.

Overall, this stout takes a pretty bad wrap but it shouldnt be overlooked or shunned. Give it a try if you come across it.

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Wake Up Dead - Barrel-Aged from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 291 ratings